MOSCOW — A navy transport aircraft carrying air pressure cadets crashed and burst into flames close to a freeway in northeastern Ukraine on Friday night, killing a minimum of 22 individuals on board, officers stated.
The Antonov An-26 plane crashed whereas attempting to land throughout a coaching train, the navy stated in an announcement, including that a minimum of two extra individuals had been critically injured.
Video posted by Deputy Inside Minister Anton Gerashchenko on Fb confirmed the aircraft in flames close to a highway, smoke billowing upward.
Footage taken later confirmed rescue employees inspecting the smoking wreckage close to the city of Chuhuiv.
An investigation is underway into the reason for the crash.
One pilot reported failure within the left engine of the twin-engine aircraft, stated Oleksiy Kucher, the governor of the Kharkiv area, based on Interfax Ukraine, including this could not have been a important scenario for an skilled pilot.
Citing preliminary info, Mr. Kucher stated that a few of the individuals on board managed to leap out of the aircraft when it was at low altitude.
An eyewitness who was driving alongside the highway towards Chuhuiv advised Reuters he noticed a person in flames working from the aircraft after it crashed.
The crash occurred round 1.2 miles from a navy airport, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine stated in an announcement. It stated 27 individuals had been on board.
The cadets had been from the Kharkiv College of Air Pressure, which is run by the protection ministry.